Computer Paul EP

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Cover Artwork

Forgive my ignorance, but I’m gonna pretend there was only one track on this new EP from Computer Paul. It’s not that the other tracks are any bad, but they are covered deeply by the shadows of this huge track called Does It? For the 30th release in the Bagpak Solo Series, Computer Paul teamed up with veteran soul singer Michelle Amador, who was recently featured on the album from Bagpak’s Yellowtail.

The first tune coming to mind to which Does It? compares is 1Luv‘s Black Daylight, which was released through Suntzu Sound a couple of years back. Lush vocals and warm grooving keys are the main ingredients, rounded up by soft broken beats. Sounds like a simple formula – and it is, but that’s all it took to make this wonderful tune.01. Buffalo Soldier
02. Does It? (Peter Munch remix)
03. Definite Indefinite (original mix)
04. Does It?
05. Does It? (Peter Munch re-edit)

There are two remixes of that track, both coming from New York’s Peter Munch. The re-edit adds some extra percussion and a guitar to the original, while the house remix aims clearly at the dancefloor.

I think this will be a download-only release, that should come out on April 30th. You can pre-order it at Juno Digital or wait a couple of days and get it directly from Bagpak!

Yellowtail – Everything is Alright

Record Sleeve

Record Sleeve

Here comes a first taster from Yellowtail‘s debut album Grand & Putnam. Born in Japan and living in NYC, Yellowtail collaborates with fellow Japanese producers from all around the world. The singer Monday Michiru needs no introduction, with over a dozen albums recorded and collaborators including DJ Krush, Masters at Work or IG Culture. On the flipside London-based producers Kay Suzuki and Daisuke Tanabe deliver strong remixes, making it hard to pick a favourite! A third remix comes from Boston’s U-Key.A1. Everything is Alright (Original Version)
A2. Everything is Alright (U-Key Remix)
B1. Everything is Alright (Kay Suzuki’s Bipolar Remix)
B2. Everything is Alright (Daisuke Tanabe AM Remix)

The record should be available later this month from Bagpak Music, with other shops to follow.

Bagpak Selects Vol. II

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Cover Artwork

New York’s Bagpak Records has been on my radar for quite a while, being the home of names Yellowtail, Nubian Mindz or Arch_typ. They were so kind to send me a copy of their upcoming compilation Bagpak Selects Vol. II, which I believe is set for a release in late February.

Being familiar with the above mentioned artists I was expecting a dancefloor-oriented record, but to my suprise the CD starts with three straight jazz tracks. Turns out, this is a versatile collection of both new and up-and-coming artists from North America, ranging from hip-hop to soul, jazz to broken beat to house to afrobeat.01. Laura Kahle & The West End Composers Collective – Lighter Skies
02. Kendra Ross – I’m So Okay
03. Roxanne feat. UKey – Searching
04. The What!? – Definition Part II (Spinnerty Redefine)
05. Aklimatize feat. Amalia – Frequencies
06. Arch_typ feat. Joni Love – Family Function
07. Asiko – Jibiti
08. Moonstarr feat. Rosina Kazi – Tiger Funk
09. Computer Paul feat. Michelle Amador –  Does It (Peter Munch Remix)
10. DJ C feat. MC Zulu – Body Work (Octa Push Remix)
11. IMC SOUL feat. Dawn Pemberton – Travelin
12. Ne’a Posey w/ LiL Dave –  State of the World
13. Yellowtail – Into the Orion
My favourite tracks are the collaboration with Amalia Townsend, longtime partner of Opolopo, and the Ne’a Posey. Not only vocally the standout tracks here, but together with the Yellowtail tune, this is the sound I was hoping for. I must admit that I prefer the first installment of the series, but there is a lot to discover if these names are new to you.

As mentioned before, I’m not sure about the definitive release-date. I recommend signing up to the Bagpak Newsletter, as I know they have some more goodies (Yellowtail album!) in the pipeline.

Feb 7, 2009 Now available from Juno and iTunes, or directly from Bagpak!